|Jack Benny Program: Season 4, Episode 4: Johnnie Ray|
(From TV.com) Rochester lounges around in a smoking jacket on his day off, so Jack attempts to cook an omelet for lunch. Don arrives and Rochester sings the Lucky commercial (to the tune of "The Sunny Side of the Street") as the two do a soft-shoe. Johnnie Ray's contract to appear on Benny's TV show arrives and Jack is horrified by his $10,000 fee. He storms over to Ray's home and offers him $250 instead...
Keywords: Jack Benny; Don Wilson; Eddie Anderson; Johnnie Ray; Danny Thomas
|The Jack Benny Program, Season 2, Episode 1 â Aired: 11/04/1951|
The guest stars are singer Dorothy Shay, the "Park Avenue Hillbilly" and musician Frank Remley. Bob Crosby walks on stage in the middle of one of Jack's monologue jokes and proceeds to sing "I'm Sending You a Big Bouquet of Roses". Then, Don Wilson interrupts to apologize for being late. Mel Blanc, the taxi driver who brought Wilson to the studio, brings in the briefcase he left behind. Jack is shocked when Don tips him a five! Dorothy Shay sings "Beverly Hills"...
Keywords: Jack Benny; Dorothy Shay; Frank Remley; Bob Crosby; Don Wilson; Mel Blanc
Downloads: 1,326 (1 review)
|The Jack Benny Program, Season 4, Episode 3 â Humphrey Bogart guest - Aired: 10/25/1951|
Jack's monologue is interrupted by Bob Crosby, who's upset that his song was cut from the show, and by Don, who's angry that he's not a part of this week's commercial. In the sketch, officers haul "Baby Face" Bogart into the police station. He tells Detective Benny he knows nothing about the murder of Blinky Mason. Benny tries to get rough but Bogart keeps slapping him back. During the interrogation, "Baby Face" launches into the Lucky Strike commercial and sings their jingle...
Keywords: Jack Benny; Bob Crosby; Don Wilson; Humphrey Bogart; Sara Berner; Benny Rubin
|"The Jervis Bay", performed by Ronald Colman - Shiffy 48|
This is the third of three excerpts that I am posting from a multi-network 90 minute special performed for Greek War Relief on February 8, 1941. The program opening precedes the poignant recitation, which was based on “The Jervis Bay Goes Down”, by Gene Fowler. It eloquently depicts the sinking of an Australian freighter in The Atlantic during wartime. The duration is (rounded off) 12 minutes, 22 seconds...
Keywords: Ronald Colman, Gene Fowler, Jervis Bay, Don Wilson, Jack Benny, German Invasion of Greece, Greek War Relief, OTR
|jack Benny Program: Season 5, Episode 2: Jam Session at Jack's|
(From TV.com) In Jack's monologue, he reads critics' reviews of his first show of the season; he skips those who hated him. Don balks at Jack's idea for the commercial but does it anyway: singing while skipping rope. Jack hurries home for the weekly jam session at his house. His pals filter in: Tony Martin (clarinet), Fred MacMurray (saxophone), Dick Powell (trumpet), Dan Dailey (drums), and Kirk Douglas (banjo)...
Keywords: Jack Benny; Don Wilson; Eddie Anderson; Dick Powell; Tony Martin; Fred MacMurray; Kirk Douglas; Dan Dailey; Billy Halop
Downloads: 5,508 (2 reviews)
|Jack Benny Program: Season 4, Episode 8: Jack dreams he is married to Mary|
(From TV.com) Rochester writes in his diary about the day's events: Mary rushes over to discuss something important and Jack thinks she's going to accept one of his numerous marriage proposals. Instead, she lectures him on being so cheap. Jack dozes on the couch and dreams about their wedding ceremony, with justice of the peace Don Wilson turning it into a Lucky commercial. Then it's on to their 21st anniversary; he's a failed radio actor/house husband and she's the breadwinner, still working at...
Keywords: Jack Benny; Mary Livingstone; Eddie Anderson; Don Wilson; Mel Blanc; Joan Benny; Ann Wilner; Leon Tyler; Barbara Pepper
|Jack Benny Program: Season 5, Episode 5: The Life of Jack Benny|
(From TV.com) Rochester is typing up the script for next week's show: Jack Benny's life story. The Sportsmen Quartet sing "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby." Jack begins auditioning actors for the various parts in his saga. He hires a gorgeous young woman to play his first love, and his real first girlfriend to be his mother. He passes on the first young man who's auditioning to play himself as a child, instead casting the pushy little boy who is acting as the kid's agent.
Keywords: Jack Benny; Eddie Anderson; Don Wilson; Mel Blanc; Jimmy Baird; Harry Shearer; Jean Willes; Leigh Snowden; Dick Ryan; Joe Besser
Downloads: 3,685 (3 reviews)
|Jack Benny: The Jell-O Program Starring Jack Benny---1939|
The complete surviving 1939 broadcasts, from original recordings of the program as it went on the air live, without modern remastering or reconditioning. There will be occasional flaws in the recordings but there are few flaws in the performances of Jack Benny and company, who were, by now, long enough established as masters of comic timing. Cast: Jack Benny, Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Eddie Anderson (Rochester), Kenny Baker through 18 June, Dennis Day as of 8 October, Don Wilson (announcer)...
Keywords: Jack Benny; Jell-O; old-time radio; comedy; Mary Livingstone; Phil Harris; Don Wilson; Kenny Baker; Dennis Day
Downloads: 2,796 (1 review)
|Lucky Strike Christmas Special undated excerpt - Shiffy 48|
This is a delightful sketch from what was apparently a 30 or 60 minute program. Rounded off, the duration is 12 minutes, 54 seconds. The label had no date. Perhaps several references to specific Rose Bowl games might provide clues. There is no network ID, so knowing that the first show for CBS was aired on January 2, 1949 does not help date it. At the beginning, Jack announces that Mary has a bad cold and that her sister Babe is filling that part...
Keywords: Jack Benny; Mary Livingstone; Eddie Anderson; Dennis Day; Frank Morgan; Don Wilson; Babe Marx (Mary's Sister) Lucky Strike; Christmas; special., OTR
Downloads: 117 (1 review)
|Jack Benny Program: Season 7, Episode 8: Talent Show|
(From TV.com) During Jack's monologue about his Christmas gifts, Don interrupts with a purse found by an usher. Jayne Mansfield comes out of the audience to claim it, saying the usher grabbed it from her when she was walking past. Jayne says it's a sneaky way to get a guest star. The Sportsmen Quartet sing and Rochester dances to "New Years in Trinidad" leading into the musical Lucky Strike ad. Jack conducts a talent contest...
Keywords: Jack Benny; Don Wilson; Eddie Anderson; Mel Blanc; Jayne Mansfield; Iris Arian; Leon Lanza; June Earle; Muriel Landers; Bill Days; Gurney Bell; Robert Garsen; Martin Sperzel
Downloads: 3,203 (2 reviews)
|The Jack Benny Program, Season 4, Episode 1: Honolulu Trip|
(From TV.com) Jack tells the audience about the trip he took with Rochester to Hawaii when a travelogue announcer takes over the story. On the return cruise home, Jack encounters "Dr. Masters" (of sex study fame) and Mr. Kitzel. Falling asleep in a deck chair, Jack dreams the heavyset woman beside him is Marilyn Monroe and that she finds him irresistible. He proposes but she's concerned about their age difference...
Keywords: Jack Benny; Eddie Anderson; Don Wilson; Frank Nelson; Artie Auerbach; Marilyn Monroe; Tani Marsh; Tyler McVeigh; Danny Kuaana; Maxine Gates; Kay Stewart; Joseph Kearns
Downloads: 1,821 (1 review)